PUBLIC NOTICE

The County Council of Dorchester County, Maryland will conduct a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 in Room 110, County Office Building, 501 Court Lane, Cambridge, Maryland 21613 on the potential creation of a new Rural Legacy Area in Dorchester County to conserve working lands and the historic landscapes associated with the legacy of Harriet Tubman.  The proposed Rural Legacy Area will encompass 28,300 acres, portions of which are already owned by the Federal, State and County governments or conserved by private landowners with easements, such as the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation and Maryland Environmental Trust.  The borders are approximately the Bucktown Road area to the east, the Whitemarsh Road area to the west, Route 16 to the north and Blackwater Refuge lands to the south.  Rural Legacy is a voluntary State easement program designed to protect both our historical heritage and natural resources.  Under this program landowners retain ownership and use of their land but sell the rights to develop it in the future.

The public is invited to attend the hearing and to provide comments which are generally limited to three minutes per individual.

COUNTY COUNCIL OF DORCHESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND
By:  Ricky C. Travers, President